Yes! here’s why…
Obedience is the outflow (effectiveness) of Calvary in the heart and life of a believer. This effectiveness is not something that just happened for all men 2012 years ago that should be taken for granted! Nor is this effectiveness something that covers all believers in their future life until they die. The effectiveness of Calvary is a “present tense” effectiveness that produces holiness of character and obedience in the conduct of a believer in Christ. The moral character of a believer in Christ is changed by the outflow of Calvary within that human soul. Obedience is produced in the heart of a believer…by the Grace of God! Obedience is shown in the believers life and conduct toward God. That’s why Christians can be in right standing with God every day of their lives…in this present world. No matter what conditions in life they face or experience. Notice the language of the Epistles…
Col 1:22…to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:
Col 1:10… That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work
Heb 13:21…Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ
Unreprovable in his sight. Doing everything pleasing in the sight of God. Yes, Christians can be “full time” obedient to God. How? Christ forms within the character and makeup of believer in Christ. Christ morally changes human behavior and the human character. Notice what Paul professed in the following verse.
1 Thess 2:10…Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:
Notice the behavior and conduct of this believer! Notice the example! Obedience… that Paul speaks of in the New Testament writings is the product of the Grace of God that all men need! Paul knew this. Paul taught this! I teach it too! This life changing Grace I speak of can only be found in the person of Christ! Sinful men no matter how talented they are, or how able they are, cannot achieve or advance toward this obedience of character I write about in this Blog. No matter what… man is not able to morally change himself enough to do things pleasing in the eyes of God. What I mean is the unbelieving soul is without the power of Christ that morally changes their hearts and lives! The present tense effectiveness of Calvary is what I’m conveying and writing about! Man has to be changed by the Divine Grace of God that flows from the effectiveness of Calvary. This effectiveness likewise doesn’t cease at Calvary… it also flows from the living Christ in the Throneroom. Glory! God given righteousness is also the very gift of Christ I speak of within this effectiveness. Notice the abundance of Grace mentioned in the following verse…
Rom 5:17…much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ
God given righteousness enables the believer in Christ to be obedient to God because that conscience is freed from the guilt of sin. The soul of the believer in Christ has been pardoned from guilt caused from the sins of the past life. The Grace of God that bringeth Salvation offers power to free man from “guilt” and “condemnation” caused from sin’s vast separation from the bliss of Eternity in Heaven. This freedom I speak of… (from the guilt of sin in the human conscience) is only granted to the believer in Christ…through the present tense effectiveness of the outflow of Calvary! You ask, “Why”, “why”?” Here’s why!
Christ was innocent and without guilt in an unbelieving world! Christ suffered, and was badly beaten, and then crucified for the sins of humanity! Christ was tried 4 times by the Jews and the Romans. They broke their own civil and moral Laws to make Christ guilty enough to be punished in a horrible death by crucifixion…but remember, Christ was innocent! As an innocent man…Christ’s death on the Cross and His suffering in a Roman dungeon was the Judgment of God Almighty! Yes, it pleased God Almighty to bruise His Son. Yes, in innocence Jesus was badly beaten and scourged! Yes, in innocence Jesus bore in His body (the punishment) for the sins of humanity! Yes, Calvary was the Judgment of God Almighty! Why Judgment? Why,” My God my God why hast thou forsaken me?” Here’s a small glimpse of that Divine Judgment!
“So you and I could be made the righteousness of God in Christ!”
2 Cor 5:21…For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
“The effectiveness from the great truth of Calvary; and the effectiveness of this great blessing that flows from Calvary is,”your obedience and “your morally changed heart and life”.
Obedience to God Almighty is your responsibility and obligation to Christ…as a believer! I speak of full time obedience to God.” Unbeliever’s can’t obey God because they don’t have the power of Calvary in their hearts that follows the forgiveness of their sins and their renunciation of sinful conduct. Unbeliever’s can’t do right in the eyes of God because they don’t have the “gift of righteousness” which is the believer’s power to do right! The Apostle Paul commended the Philippian Church… because they always obeyed.
Phil 2:12… Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence
Simply put, “Christians can always obey God Almighty”. Salvation of the soul gives the believer what’s necessary to “always obey!” How can Christians always obey? Here’s how! Christian’s have the power to do right! Christian’s have a Divine Nature! Christian’s can walk with victory over sin every day of their lives! Christians obey the authority of Christ’s Holy and Righteous presence in their lives. Christians are subject to Christ the head of the Church!
Why do I say this? Why do I teach such truth? God’s Word teaches this doctrine. God’s Word says so! God’s word is the basis of this writer’s faith! It is written! It is proven! It’s not the opinions of men! It’s what the doctrine of the New Testament teaches! What are you going to do with it? It’s God’s Word and it’s His opinion!